It seems like a lot of people here have said that Marty played shaky. I just thought he was trying so hard not to give up any goals that he was overplaying the puck at times. Other than that, I thought he was on top of things.
Good post. The game was just plain nutty. It was hard to believe the Devils were dominating territorially when the team was playing very jumpy after the Panthers came back to tie it.
I was hanging on every puck that went Brodeur's way. He made some key saves, like another poster pointed out, but it seemed like everything Brodeur was involved in was going to be an adventure. It made the usual tenseness of playoff hockey especially tense.
I'm glad we're not playing tonight. I need a break.
Thanks for breaking down the Panthers strategy. Watching on TV last night, I was so focused on the Devils that I couldn't really figure out what the Panthers were doing. Chico commented that Florida was playing relaxed and "cool" because the pressure was more on the Devils.
The Panthers style last night was very simple.. Rush up the side of the ice with 2 other forwards also rushing up (one in the center of the ice an the other near the far boards.. Pick carrier looks for pass.. If no pass, keep formation into the zone and throw puck to top of crease or on goal.. Results in fewer shots and time in our zone, but generates good chances
We try to actually setup an offense, so we wind up with more shots and more time in their end, but we don't get the chaos of the rush or the chaos of the goalie sliding over to try and make a save.. Just a different style imo